Banyana Banyana World Cup team announced. Image: @Banyana_Banyana/twitter

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Banyana coach Desiree Ellis said the process has not been easy omitting players like Janine van Wyk, Thalea Smidt and Amogelang Motau.


Banyana Banyana World Cup team announced. Image: @Banyana_Banyana/twitter

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced her final 23-member squad to represent South Africa at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The tournament will be co-hosted in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July – 20 August 2023. 

Banyana, who are the current Africa Cup of Nations champions, are amongst the four African nations that will represent the continent at the global showpiece alongside Zambia, Morocco and Nigeria. 

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Ellis announced the squad at a glittering ceremony held at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest house in Tshwane on Friday in an event attended by Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa, South African Football Association President Dr Danny Jordaan, CEO Lydia Monyepao, SASOL Charlotte Mokoena and several other ministers and dignitaries. 

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The Banyana Banyana coach thanked her staff and players for the enormous amount of work they have delivered in the last few days during the selection ad preparation camp.

Ellis said the process has not been easy and taking the final decisions on the final team and the three standby players was tough. 

“It has been a tough week,” she said. “It might have not been easy for you as players but it was also not easy for me as the coach. If I could, I would have taken every one but unfortunately I can only take 23 players,” the Banyana coach said.

“Thank you for the hard work that each and every one of you has put in, and this is not the end of it. It still needs to continue and it will get more challenging from here because the World Cup stage is a different ball game.

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“I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the whole group of 36 players (in the preliminary squad) for their enthusiasm, commitment and competitiveness during this time. I would also like to thank the staff for always giving their best,” she added.

“We would like to congratulate all the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana players who have been chosen to represent South Africa in the 2023 Women’s World Cup. We want to thank you for your dedication and hard work throughout the selection camp. We worked hard in the past few months, and everyone has put their best foot forward to ensure that we are properly prepared for this adventure. 

Banyana WC squad announced. Image: @Banyana_Banyana

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“I would want to appeal to my fellow 60 million South Africans to continue sending messages of support, since these give the players encouragement to do their best at the Women’s World Cup.” Charlotte Mokoena- Sasol Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Stakeholder Relations.